As an activist-driven organisation, it’s completely understandable why Elizabeth May and other Green Party candidates are more sensitive to policing issues than others. It’s almost a right of passage for a Green to get arrested, May holds the distinction being of the only party leader who’s willing to get arrested for interrupting projects approved by the government she claims to represent and defend.
Years of playing cat-and-mouse with the police appear to have taken their toll on Elizabeth May. She’s said some pretty loopy things over the past years- crazy shit like declaring that “breaking windows isn’t violent” during the G20, insinuating that the RCMP planted guns and IEDs at the Elsipogtog fracking protests, and recently signing-up the party to support a harebrained claim that the RCMP were planning “mass arrests” of the small handful of protesters at the Unist’ot’en Camp.
Far from the militant environmentalists of BC and New Brunswick, the quasi-suburban Toronto riding of Scarborough-Southwest was immune to the Elizabeth May’s law enforcement delusion syndrome. But now with former police chief Bill Blair running for the Liberals, facing a new Green Party opponent who was arrested during the 2010 G20, the people of Scarborough sit at ground zero of the Green’s war against the police. And just to make things more interesting, their candidate is being assisted by one of the three women who filed criminal complaints against Gregory Alan Elliott.